Barca present Lewandowski in front of the home crowd

Mueez Ajao

– Barcelona officially unveiled Robert Lewandowski at the Camp Nou on Friday and have confirmed the striker will wear the No. 9 shirt at the Camp Nou.

– Lewandowski was presented on the pitch wearing the 9 on his back which belonged to Dutchman Memphis Depay last season.

Memphis Depay

– President Joan Laporta was then asked about the squad numbers at a press conference and confirmed Lewandowski would be keeping hold of the 9 for next season.

Ads

Also Read: Barcelona unveil Robert Lewandowski

– “Lewandowski’s number 9 was a club decision. For reasons that interest the club, for image and advertising reasons,” he said. “We have considered it an appropriate decision and we have made it with all due respect for Memphis and he has understood perfectly.”

Laporta on Depay and Lewandowski shirt numbers

– There has been speculation Memphis will move on this summer following the arrivals of Lewandowski and Raphinha and with Ousmane Dembele having renewed his contract.

– Juventus and Borussia Dortmund have both been linked with the forward who seems to have accepted the fact he must leave if he wants regular minutes next season.

– When Barcelona put up free tickets for his presentation, Robert Lewandowski was expected to break Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s record for the highest attendance during a Barcelona player presentation.

– The Swede saw 60,000 at his presentation, etching his name forever in the club’s record books. 13 years down the line, Lewa had the chance to break this, but fell just short.

– It was revealed during the presentation that 59,026 fans showed up at the Camp Nou for the ceremony.